Splattered over my Sunday paper today (web story here) are photos of naked Iragi prisoners of war, humiliated and tortured in the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, (is this the only place?), and the word “Shame” applied to Amercia and UK.
I suppose i am new to this conversation – i didnt realize that there are hundreds of digital “postcards” of Iraqi’s posing naked and trembling with fear for the personal fulfilment of prison guards. Dang – did our guys really do this?
(Some pictures are here, and interesting comment) Andrew Sullivan is also on it.
This week there was a near-riot, or at least a verbal riot, when 50 Islamic militants starting a shouting match one mile from my house. They were accusing the “Christian West” of addiction to pornography and are hoping to one day put up the Islam flag on 10 Downing Street. (They were later denounced by the more moderate Islamic community)
This is really big. The secrets that were exposed this week, and the hundreds more digital images that are coming, will probably affect all of us.
Dude, this is so wrong. So shameful. Is this really us – our people – our countries? I have a lot of questions, like you, but I want to suggest that we listen to each other, while we wait for answers.
I am waiting for some retired WWII Vets to assure me that our side didn’t commit the atrocities to our prisoners in the 1940’s that were done recently in Iraq.
I am waiting to hear from the Gay Community what their take is on the apparent historical connection between homo-erotic sadism and military force.
I am waiting for politicians to explain the lack of ethics in warfare.
I am waiting for Amercians to own up to the fact that their country may not be a “Christian” nation anymore, because I sure dont want people to think that Jesus would stand for any torture, humilitation or murder of prisoners. It was He who was the Tortured, the Humiliated, the Murdered, on our behalf.
While i am waiting, and while you are waiting, I think it is a good time to look at a few Iraq foscused blogs. Historically speaking, the most popular blogs have been blogs about Iraq. Wires – A girl, a toolkit, Iraq is a good place to start, and u can find some links to other voices, like Dear Raed. Although, to be perfectly honest . . . we have all been praising the value of blogs over tradtional media, especially in getting the inside scoop on Iraq, and (i might be wrong) Iraq blogs HAVE BEEN SILENT ON THIS MATTER ALSO. Lets see what they say now that traditional media have burst the bubble.
An article on BBC show that the English are dealing with the situation.